Pistachio Honey Rosewater Shortbread with Dark Chocolate

For when you want to combine all of the most romantic and decadent things you can think of into one food, make these.  Whether you are making them for your Valentine, for your girlfriends for Galentine’s, or for a Fat Tuesday feast, these will be G.O.N.E. in no time at all. Tender honey shortbread with chopped pistachios and a hint of rosewater!  Drizzle with or dunk in dark chocolate.  Give them a little sprinkle of chopped pistachios. We taste tested 3 different variations with our professional taste testers – more commonly known as our friends Chloe and Ricky.  These were the unanimous winners.  Although people had strong feelings about the chocolate…

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Recipe Round-Up!

Is it really Valentine’s Day without chocolate?  According to the seasonal aisle and every end cap at the grocery store, apparently not.  In case you are like me and giant heart-shaped boxes of mystery nougat-filled chocolate aren’t your style… I rounded up my favorite chocolate recipes from the blog! So if you want to treat your sweet to something sweet, give one of these Valentine’s Day approved chocolate recipes a try!! If you make any of my Valentine’s recipes including anything from this list, you can be entered to win a Valentine’s themed surprise from a local Seattle artist!  Just post a pic of the dish to Instagram and tag @almostproperly!…

Tahini Hazelnut Chocolate Tarts

This recipe is the dessert course of a 1-Hour Middle Eastern inspired 3-Course Valentine’s Day menu.  To see the complete menu and a detailed shopping list, visit this post! Topping off a 3-course Valentine’s Day menu, anything other than a chocolatey dessert feels wrong.  Is anyone else with me on this? But when the menu is inspired by Middle Eastern flavors, cohesively tying in a chocolate dessert felt like a lofty challenge.  But, Valentine’s Day without some really amazing dark, rich chocolate-y goodness…  Nope.  Chocolate is a must. Luckily, this menu has loads of flavors and options to tie in a chocolate dessert.  I mentioned in earlier posts about this menu…

Mexican Chocolate Pie with Gingersnap Crust

The husband is a cake and cream pie person in a fruit pie family.  Apple pie, rhubarb pie, and, in my brother’s case, cherry pie are the most common birthday dessert requests.  He doesn’t think fruit belongs in dessert.  (Except a mysterious exception is granted to peach cobbler.) Around the holidays, apple, pumpkin, & pecan pies are of course making frequent appearances at the extended family gatherings.  I.E. Lots of non-cream pies and certainly no cake. During our first Thanksgiving as newlyweds, I was tasked with pies.  My plan was apple and pumpkin (even I hate pecan).  The hubs was having none of this fruit pie non-sense, so he decided…

Grown-up Twix Bars

If there was one halloween candy that I could remake into something just a bit more elevated it would be a Twix bar.  Don’t get me wrong, the original version had my whole Halloween candy loving heart as a kid… but now, something about it falls a bit flat.  Probably the waxy, too-sweet chocolate. Or the not-as-good-as-I-remember it cookie.  Or maybe its the caramel – a little pinch of sea-salt would go a long way! The result is by far one of my favorite things I have made in a long time.  Possibly my favorite recipe of the YEAR so far!  Which is saying something because there are a number…
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